Badly need a break from the excruciating traffic jams and hustle bustle of Delhi life? The lesser known Shimla & Beyond is where you need to head to!
Mayank and I decided to spend our 3 day long weekend at Shimla, starting off on a Friday, at 4:30 am in our car. My hubby isn't a morning person. But for the hills, he woke up way before the alarm. We were both super excited for the 359 km long road journey that we had set off to. It showed 8 hours on Google Maps. In just an hour we arrived at Amrik Sukhdev at Murthal, the most sought after place for Punjabi food. After having our heart full of the super delicious Parathas with white butter, we hopped back into our car. By 9:00 am we had reached Panchkula and could see light silhouette of the hills at the horizon. That's when the excitement kicked in again!
We started the serpentine climb on NH 5. As soon as we saw the first sign board for Shimla it started to rain as heavily as ever, giving us goosebumps. There was heavy traffic on the way for both uphill and down hill, yet it was not bothering us as we were soaked into the sight of the green hills and clouds!
We took a pit-stop at Dharampur at around 1:30 pm at a small restaurant which had a nice long balcony facing the valley. We sat there holding our coffee mugs, mystified at the landscape which looked like a green carpet covering the hills. At some places the hills were dark; hidden under the clouds and at some places they flaunted their golden streaks caused by the peeping sunlight. And this was just at an altitude of 74m and we just couldn't wait to see what awaited us at a further altitude of 2270m where Shimla was!